I love a good day trip. Luckily when I spent some time in Dubrovnik in 2015, I was able to take a few last minute jaunts to neighboring countries. Enter Montenegro.
If Norway and Italy had a baby, it would look like Montenegro. I was seriously surprised by the scenery in this rather small place. It’s no wonder that Russian tourists have been vacationing here for quite some time. I booked my day trip through Viator which included stops in Kotor and Budva, and a rather treacherous bus up a winding road (see views below). All in all I would highly recommend it if you have a spare day in the region – I am also told it’s normally much sunnier than this…
As part of a recent trip to Croatia, I made a quick trip across the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina for a half-day wine tour with Taste Dubrovnik (link here). You’re probably thinking what I was thinking – “You can do a wine tour in Bosnia?” – yes, yes you can. The region doesn’t produce a significant amount of wine which is probably why you haven’t see a BOSNIA section at your local shop. What they do produce is a bit sweet for my tastes but very much worth the trip regardless of your palette.
Highlights of my tour included a quick stop at a farmers’ market in Trebinje to taste the local products (i.e. cheese matured in sheep’s skin), a tour of the Tvrdos Monastery (where monks have been making wine since the 15th century), and a fresh fish (literally, fish in pool next to table) lunch by the river. Below are some iPhone photos of the journey…
Looking for a storybook European town? Well, look no further than lovely little Bruges.
As part of a recent trip to Belgium (photos here), I spent two days strolling / boating around Bruges. It’s the capital of West Flanders (who knew!?) and a 1.5 hour train ride from Brussels. Horse-drawn carriages, cobbled streets and medieval waterways make Bruges one of the most charming cities in Europe. I highly recommend adding it to your list of must-visits!
I recently spent a weekend wandering the streets of Brussels. It’s only a two-hour journey from London’s King’s Cross Station on the Eurostar, making it an easy getaway.
One of my primary reasons for going was because I wanted to say, “I’m eating mussels in Brussels,” which I did (a lot). Also, Beer. Waffles. Chocolate. Fries. What more do you want? I stayed at the Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise – very central and across the street from an array of fancy designer shops. It was an easy walk to the main square, a.k.a. Grand Place, where you’ll find a selection of restaurants/bars to sit and enjoy the view with a brew.
Trying to find the cutest place to drink a beer or to eat the best frites in Brussels can be difficult, so let me help you…
The main old center of Brussels is fairly small; two days is probably just the right amount of time before you get too full and need to go home. If you’re keen to explore other areas, there is a very easy metro system that will take you out to the Castle of Laeken and Atomium. Photos below!
I spent several days in Venice earlier this year (AMAZING, photos here) and managed to sneak in a day trip to fair Verona.
This lovely Italian town is about an hour-long train journey from Venice, which has a very accessible train station right on the Grand Canal. Once you arrive in Verona it’s a short walk, or an even shorter taxi ride, to the town center.
I would suggest making a stop at the tourist center – they’ll hand over a map with the highlights of Romeo + Juliet’s hood. The tourist center is directly across the street from the Arena di Verona (can’t miss). From there I would recommend a few must do’s:
Verona’s center is fairly small; I felt one day strolling around was all I needed. If you find yourself there for a bit longer, you may want to check out day trips to Lake Garda and the Valpolicella vineyards. You’re in Italy so culture.pasta.wine.repeat.
(View from Torre dei Lamberti)
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